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FRI., 10/7 - MIDGE URE at Montage
(10) Things to Know About Midge Pre-Show—and Then Some!
By Christine G. Adamo for ROC-Arts
Midge Ure plays Montage Fri., Oct. 7, so get your tickets now! (Photo Courtesy: Midge Ure | Photo By: Heiko Roith)
“There are many things I get involved with outside the regular areas of my music. Things I do with Save the Children and Band Aid. The various radio shows I narrate for the BBC. The books—print and electronic, audio and photograph. The oddities I seem to have been part of over the years alongside oddities I hope to be part of in the future. (I've created) a home for these orphans. Somewhere for this odd collection to reside.”
JAMES "MIDGE" URE
excerpt from LIFE on the artist’s Official Website
Are you a fan of phenomenal '80s music? '90s music?
Then you'll love this! Over the weekend I received an email from my friend Jennifer Sciarabba. (Really, we're friends! Ask her.) You may know her as Jen V., the creator and longtime host of “New Wave Wednesday,” airing weekly on WBER 90.5FM from 7-9am EST.
“One of my favorite artists of all time is coming to Rochester Friday night,” Jen enthused. “Meet me there and see an amazing performance of a world-class musician—Midge Ure—for less than it would cost to go out to dinner. Artists of this caliber don’t often come to smaller markets like ours. We want to be able to give him the BIGGEST audience we can.”
Jen’s right and we agree! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. So, what’re you waiting for? Let's pull out all the stops on this one. Here’s a primer, in the form of a list Jen compiled and was kind enough to share with us for your benefit.
(10) Things to Know About Midge Pre-Show:
- Midge is originally from Scotland.
- As a solo artist, he’s released (5) albums.
- As Jen attests, he’s an “incredible guitarist.”
- Ure has fronted Slik, The Rich Kids and Ultravox.
- He and Bob Geldof co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
- Together those two music gods co-organized Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8.
- Midge was a Prince’s Trust Rock Gala (Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, et al.) music director.
- Jen says he sounds like Shrek, but is definitely “cuter.”
- … and looks like Jean-Luc Picard, but is “more fun.”
- He may be knighted Sir Midge any day now.
Tune into Jen's show this Wed., Oct. 5, and you may WIN TIX to see Midge live!
Midge Ure is a rock god and a Save the Children ambassador. (Photo Courtesy: Midge Ure | Photo By: Heiko Roith)
—and Then Some!
How ’bout a few bonus facts thrown in for good measure?
Ure’s debut solo album, The Gift (1985), was released after Band Aid while on hiatus from Ultravox—with “If I Was,” co-written with Danny Mitchell, reaching No. 1 in the UK and Ireland. The title track from Breathe (1996) appeared in a series of Swatch ads. You can catch a glimpse of Tyra Banks in one of them. Let me know if you do
Live 8 was produced in an effort to urge G8 leaders to get serious about ending poverty worldwide. That year, Midge was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his charitable and musical endeavors. He’s also received numerous honorary degrees in Music, Law, Arts, Culture and more. Ure’s 2015 cover of David Bowie's “The Man Who Sold the World” also appears on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Get Yer Tix Today!
Still wonder why Jen's so keen on spreading the word?
Doubtful. Yet, in case you need another reason, here goes. It's a personally-penned invitation from Jen. V. herself: “I’d (love) to hang out with you, as we hear great music on Friday night. So, please, join me for the Midge Ure show at Montage!” When you see Jen? Midge? Me? Say "Hi!" (Hell, I'll even accept a high five!)
Catch Midge Ure live at The Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St. in Rochester) on Fri., Oct. 7th. Doors open at 7pm. The Heroic Enthusiasts hit the stage at 8pm and the night runs thru 11pm. This show falls smack dab in the middle of the first leg of Ure’s most current U.S. tour.
For tickets, go to Lakeshore Record Exchange (370 Park Ave.) or visit AlternativeMusic.com. For info, visit the “Midge Ure Presented by Lakeshore …” Facebook page. For fun, download the attached flyer and spread the world near and far: Facebook, Twitter, everywhere.
While you're at it, like Midge's Facbeook page: /Midge-Ure.
And comment on the show! (below)